- Two weeks ago, this column reported the results of a
recent Milk-Diabetes study published in the February, 2005 issue of the
American Journal of Epidemiology. See:
- Today's information adds additional bone-chilling news
to ice cream manufacturers. It's the whipped cream atop their hot fudge
sundae with a Notmilk cherry on top.
- The March, 2005 issue of the European Journal of Clinical
Nutrition (2005 Mar;59(3):393-8) contains evidence to settle the milk/diabetes
debate once and for all.
- Hoppe, et. al (Department of Human Nutrition and Centre
for Advanced Food Studies, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University,
Frederiksberg, Denmark) determined that high intake of dairy products (but
not meat) increased insulin resistance in 8-year-old boys.
- THE STUDY OBJECTIVE
- To determine whether high protein intake from meat or
dairy increased insulin resistance in healthy, prepubertal children.
- THE STUDY DESIGN
- Eight-year-old boys were divided into three groups. Group
number one was the control group and consumed neither milk nor meat for
seven days. Group number two was fed 53 grams of meat protein each day
for 7 days. Group number three was given 53 grams of milk protein each
day for 7 days. Blood levels of insulin, glucose, and amino acids were
measured daily. Insulin resistances were then calculated for each child.
- THE STUDY RESULTS:
- In the milk-group, insulin resistance doubled when compared
to the control group. In the control and meat-group, there were no increases
in insulin resistance.
- The study results indicated that a short term high meat
intake did not affect insulin resistance in young males, while a short
term high milk and dairy intake increased insulin resistance dramatically.
- The key phrase is "Insulin Resistance." What
- There is a very handy URL which I often use to define
a medical word or phrase:
- Tiny URL: http://tinyurl.com/4ks6h
- Insulin Resistance
- "n. State in which the body does not respond to
the action of insulin hormone although enough insulin is produced. This
occurs often in people with type 2 diabetes."
- After recognizing that dairy products increase rates
of insulin resistance in 8-year-old boys, I am quite amazed that the authors
of ths study wrote:
- "Our results indicate that a short-term high milk,
but not meat, intake increased insulin secretion and resistance. The long-term
consequences of this are unknown."
- Faced with overwhelming evidence, it seems clear that
these Danish researchers wimped out. At the very least, it would have been
appropriate for them to issue an urgent warning in their conclusion section.
- Scientists have a need to publish, much like craps players
"and real men" have a need to make a pass and play the field.
Much like heroin users and cigarette smokers need constant doses of the
drugs which addict their own bodies. In this case, the researchers published
their study while ignoring its obvious implication.
- There was even enough evidence for the scientists to
have ventured an educated guess regarding long-term consequences when short
term results were so powerfully negative. Unknown long-term consequences?
Real-life long term consequences would lead to the end of grant money for
scientists who dare to tell the truth (and bite those hands which feed
them). Selling out to dairy interests seems to be their survival mechanism.
- Robert Cohen http://www.notmilk.com